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SANDAG Board to Explore Viability of Del Mar Track Train Station

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The San Diego Association of Governments Executive Board has voted to study what it would take to build a train station next to the Del Mar race track, like the one Bing Crosby had built in the 1930s. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Dreams of rebuilding a platform for people going to the Del Mar Races are gaining traction.

The old Del Mar station was dismantled in the 1960s.

Jerome Stocks of SANDAG says it makes a sense to build a platform next to the Fair Grounds, since the Coaster and Amtrak run right by.

He says the study will take 18 months, and then it will be a question of getting federal and state funding.

Stocks : We’re talking about adding a rail platform that will serve thousands and thousands of people and really reduce the traffic counts for special events. It sparks the imagination, and I think it’ll get some extra attention as a result of that.

The study will look at costs, plus the environmental impact of the platform. It’s close to wetlands but it would also cut air pollution by cutting traffic down the coast.

Alison St John, KPBS News.

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